Connected Cars Raise Interest, Privacy Concerns

I’ve been hearing a lot about connected cars for the past week. The folks over at Quartz recently provide this rundown of the various ideas technology companies are coming up with to help keep drivers from being so distracted by new technology.

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Life-Sized Lego Hot Rod Hits the Streets

Our Christmas list has just been altered significantly. Armed with 500,000 Lego bricks and cash raised via a couple of ambiguous tweets, an Australian and a Romanian have built a life-sized, air-powered Lego hot rod that has taken to the streets of Melbourne at a top speed of 18 mph.

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Hydrogen Fuel Cells to Cool Refrigerated Trucks

If you enjoy being able to find fresh produce from far-flung corners of the country at your grocery store, thanks are due, in part, to those big refrigerated trucks that haul them from coast to coast. Those trucks, however, rely on transport refrigeration units (TRUs) powered by diesel generators that use 10 gallons of fuel a day, and generate CO2 emissions. Continue reading

A Horse is a Horse, Unless It’s A Souped-Up Segway

The Tokyo Motor Show is always a good place to see oddball vehicle concepts, and this year should prove no different. Already we’re reading reports about Toyota’s Segway-Tamagotchi mash-up that can respond to drivers’ moods in the same way a horse might. Continue reading

Driverless Cars Could Save Thousands of Lives

We’re still a few years away from seeing fully autonomous cars roaming freely on U.S. highways (although Nevada, Florida and California may be seeing them a little ahead of the rest of us), but once the technology is more common, we could see a significant reduction in highway fatalities and lost productivity.

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